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In the early 1800s, salmon and trout eggs were brought to Australia from England to populate the rivers of Tasmania and New South Wales for sport fishing. They arrived by sailing clipper, surviving the voyage wrapped in moss on large blocks of ice. The salmon from these early transports never established a population, but subsequent imports from Nova Scotia in Canada to the Snowy Mountains in NSW in the early 1960s did.

After rigorous screening for potential diseases, Tasmania acquired eggs from the New South Wales hatchery in 1984, and brought them into a dedicated quarantine hatchery operated by the department of Sea Fisheries.

In 1985, after another series of health checks, some 36,000 of the surviving fish were transferred to sea as the founding stock of Tasmania’s new salmon farming industry.

Two more year classes of eggs were imported from NSW to Tasmania in 1985 and 1986, by which time the industry had set up its own world class salmon hatchery, Saltas Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Government and industry participants.